The theme of hope and belief amid impossible circumstances is a common thread in much of Kate DiCamillo’s writing. Her own journey is something of a dream come true. After moving to Minnesota from Florida in her twenties, homesickness and a bitter winter helped inspire Because of Winn-Dixie—her first published novel, which, remarkably, became a runaway bestseller and snapped up a Newbery Honor. Her 2003 novel The Tale of Despereaux and 2013 novel Flora and Ulysses each won the annual Newbery Medal recognizing the year's "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." DiCamillo is also known for the Mercy Watson series of picture books, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.

Kate DiCamillo, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2014–2015, says about stories, “When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another.”

Read more about DiCamillo's Ambassadorship for Young People's Literature here.


Click on a series below for a list of titles in order from newest to oldest.


Best Friends Forever cover image
Two for One cover image
Bink & Gollie cover image

Something Wonky This Way Comes cover image
Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig cover image
Princess in Disguise cover image
Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride cover image
Mercy Watson Fights Crime cover image
Mercy Watson to the Rescue cover image

Tales from Deckawoo Drive

Eugenia Lincoln and the Unexpected Package cover image
Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? cover image
Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon cover image
Leroy Ninker Saddles Up cover image


Raymie Nightingale cover image
Flora and Ulysses cover image
The Magician's Elephant cover image
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane cover image
The Tale of Despereaux cover image
The Tiger Rising cover image
Because of Winn-Dixie cover image

Picture Books

La La La cover image
Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken cover image
Great Joy cover image